IMPROVING THE EIGHT YEAR STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING RECOUNT TEXT BY USING PICTURE IN SERIES AT SMPN 1 GUMUKMAS IN THE 2012/2013 ACADEMIC YEAR
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Based on the results of the first cycle above, the second cycle was conducted. Some revisions dealing with the activities in the classroom had been made to solve the problems found in the first cycle are explain the steps in using the technique clearer and involve the students, provide the simple picture in series, guide the students more intensively, give more explanation on grammar, and ask the students to bring the dictionary and provide key words related to the picture in series in the second cycle. The classroom observation and writing test in the second cycle showed an improvement. In the classroom observation, the students’ participation showed that 71.05% in meeting 1 and 81.5% in meeting 2 of the students actively participated in the teaching learning process. So, the result of the observation had achieved the objective of the research. In the writing test, the percentage of the students who got score ≥ 65 in the writing test was 76.31% or 29 of 38 students. Based on those results, it could be concluded that the actions in the second cycle were successful because the results of classroom observation and writing test achieved the objectives of the research. Finally, it could be summarized that the use of Picture Series could improve the VIII B year students’ achievement in writing a recount text and their active participation in the teaching learning process of writing a recount text at SMPN 1 Gumukmas .